How to Sew a Frog

By Laurie Esposito Harley
Use brightly colored or patterned fabrics instead of traditional greens for a unique, stuffed frog.

Technology is a tool that can be beneficial, but cannot replace childhood activities such as art, books, writing, and dramatic play. Low-tech toys, such as stuffed animals, are enjoyed by children of all ages. Stuffed animals don’t require batteries or need to be plugged in. Frog stuffed toys are liked by both boys and girls and are easy to make. They can be sewn as one body piece, without having to attach extra parts, as you might with an elephant’s trunk or a mouse’s ears. A hand-sewn stuffed frog can make a great gift or be a fun craft project for older children.

Easier Frog Pattern

Print out the Frog Bean Bag Pattern from DLTK Kids and cut out the pieces.

Pin the body templates to the fabric and cut the fabric following the template design.

Pin the tongue and spot templates to the fabric and cut them out. You can make as many as six spots or none at all, depending on your preference. Sew the spots on the back, if you want them on your frog.

Lay the two body pieces on top of each other. Do not turn them inside out. Sew the body together using small, tight stitches about 1/8-inch from the edge of the fabric. Leave a 1-inch space at the mouth for stuffing.

Remove the paper pattern and fill the body with the stuffing of your choice.

Place the tongue in the opening so that it protrudes from the pieces of fabric and sew the opening shut. Hot glue the googly eyes to the frog.

More Difficult Frog Pattern

Print the frog beanie pattern from The Frog Store onto paper.

Cut out the front and back patterns along the outside solid line. Fold the fabric in half and line the fold against the side marked “fold line.” Pin the pattern to the fabric.

Cut the fabric along the cutting line. Do not cut the fold. Lay the fabric flat.

Fold the triangle on the head of the back pattern to create a bulge in the fabric. Sew the outer lines on the back of the fabric. This will form the eye sockets.

Pin the fabric pieces together, inside out. Sew along the line marked “sewing line,” which is the remaining solid line. Leave a 1-inch wide opening between the back legs.

Remove the paper pattern and turn the frog right-side out through the opening between the legs.

Stitch three 1/2-inch long lines from the edge of each foot towards the ankle to create toes. Sew on buttons for eyes at the tips of each triangle.

Fill the frog with stuffing, rice, beans, or other material of your choice. Sew the opening between the legs.

Tip

For the more difficult pattern, choose brightly colored fabrics that are thin, flexible knits. For the simple pattern, use a coarser fabric or even felt. If you choose to use felt instead of fabric, you can use clear tape instead of pins. This will prevent the bumps that pins cause. If using rice, beans, or beads to stuff your frog, make a funnel from a piece of thick paper to help pour them into the hole.

About the Author

Laurie Esposito Harley is the CEO of Aardvark Writing, a writing and design company founded in 1998. She's written for companies such as Monster, CitiGroup, and IBM. Harley attended Youngstown State University but did not complete her bachelor's degree in professional writing and editing. She is returning to college in June of 2010 to finish her degree.